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An Upstream Soirée

*Patrons' reception at 6:00

An Upstream Soirée is the premier party to celebrate the protection, improvement and restoration of the Bronx River. Join 200+ supporters for a festive evening featuring live music, cocktails and light buffet and silent auction. Help us celebrate the Bronx River with honorees:

Nilka Martell
Extraordinary community volunteer
and Founder & Director, GIVE (Getting Involved, Virginia Avenue Efforts)

Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
Advancing the art and technology of environmentally responsive architecture, including the new Bronx River House. 

Honorary Chair of Host Committee  Sonia Manzano
Bronx native and celebrated actress and writer (“Maria” from Sesame Street)

Purchase Tickets or Sponsorships(pdf) online click here, by phone (718)430-1846, or by mail.
Patron ticket holders can arrive early to the Zoo at 6:00, enjoy beautiful vistas from the Rainey Gate private parking entrance near the Sea Lion Pool and toast Honorees with our signature cocktail.

Directions to the Bronx Zoo

  • General ticket holders use this entrance: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460. For directions click here
  • Patron ticket holders use this entrance: Rainey Gate at the intersection of Southern Boulevard and Fordham Road, directly across from the Botanical Garden. For directions click here.

Want to join the Host Committee? Please contact Development Director Julia Hitz at

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